Shooting Guard, Class of 2020
Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA
Before he transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 2020 four-star guard Darius Maddox was plenty aware of Virginia Tech. He began his high school career at St. John’s College High (DC), in the middle of a Hokie hotbed.
But until recently, it was just an awareness for Maddox. A culmination of relationships, which coincided with an official visit last week, led Maddox to commit to Virginia Tech on Friday. He admits that over the past few weeks he’s noticed the Hokies more and more.
“The funny thing is, I’m starting to see more Virginia Tech everywhere, but little stuff like on social media and stuff,” Maddox said. “I was definitely familiar with it. Them being in the ACC and getting better and better each year. I didn’t grow up watching too much, though, actually.”
Maddox, No. 86 in the 2020 Rivals150, said he chose the Hokies over Seton Hall, Minnesota and Georgetown. After he officially visited Virginia Tech Aug. 11-13, he was ready to make his choice.
“Being on the visit helped, because I was actually planning on going to Minnesota after Virginia Tech,” Maddox said. “But I talked to my parents and the coaches and decided it was great for me to go there. I mean, just hanging out with the players, they were straight with me. I’ll go to battle with them. Just hanging out with the players, the coaches, the vibe was comfortable. And that’s what I’m looking for, somewhere I can be comfortable.”
Maddox cited the relationship he had with the coaching staff as a big factor. He had known all three assistant coaches well for months, as all had previously recruited Maddox at their previous schools.
“They treated me great. Coach (Chester) Frazier from Kansas State and Coach (Antwon) Jackson from Cincinnati, they both recruited me,” Maddox said. “Them being there just made me comfortable in doing it.
“I’d say they were big, them and Coach Christian (Webster). He recruited me real early. There was a genuine feel that they actually want you. They’re not going to lie about what they’re telling you. You ask them something and they’re going to get back quick, that was one big thing.”
The coaches also talked to Maddox extensively about the role he could have for the Hokies. They all see him as someone who can stretch the floor on offense.
“Coach (Mike) Young told me, basically, they need me up there...
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